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Application of gas hydrate formation in separation processes: a review of experimental studies

Abstract : There has been a dramatic increase in gas hydrate research over the last decade. Interestingly, the research has not focussed on only the inhibition of gas hydrate formation, which is of particular relevance to the petroleum industry, but has evolved into investigations on the promotion of hydrate formation as a potential novel separation technology. Gas hydrate formation as a separation technology shows tremendous potential, both from a physical feasibility (in terms of effecting difficult separations) as well as an envisaged lower energy utilization criterion. It is therefore a technology that should be considered as a future sustainable technology and will find wide application, possibly replacing a number of current commercial separation processes. In this article, we focus on presenting a brief description of the positive applications of clathrate hydrates and a comprehensive survey of experimental studies performed on separation processes using gas hydrate formation technology. Although many investigations have been undertaken on the positive application of gas hydrates to date, there is a need to perform more theoretical, experimental, and economic studies to clarify various aspects of separation processes using clathrate/semi-clathrate hydrate formation phenomena, and to conclusively prove its sustainability.
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Ali Eslamimanesh, Amir H. Mohammadi, Dominique Richon, Paramespri Naidoo, Deresh Ramjugernath. Application of gas hydrate formation in separation processes: a review of experimental studies. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, Elsevier, 2012, 46, pp.62-71. ⟨10.1016/j.jct.2011.10.006⟩. ⟨hal-00658458⟩



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